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One Hundred Years Of Solitude, a literary masterpiece by the Nobel Laureate, is a metaphoric mirror to Colombian history. The contemplative novel drapes the tale of the rise and fall of Macondo and magically captures the life and times of the Buendia family over seven generations.

Summary Of The Book

Set in a fictional town called Macondo in Northern Colombia, One Hundred Years Of Solitude begins with Jose Arcadio Buendia leaving his hometown with his wife Ursula, in search of a better life. One night during their journey, they happen to camp at a riverside where Jose dreams about a spectacular city and decides to establish one on the same riverbank. Thus, he builds Macondo and slowly shapes it into how he wants a city to be.

Macondo then begins to miraculously attract unusual people and extraordinary events that make for a gripping plot. The adventurous Buendias find themselves in the middle of some of the most historically potent circumstances in Colombia. As the lineage stands in the face of the glory and downfall of a civilization, Marquez's lyrical magic manifests the delicate nuances of love and war, youth and senility, and passion and lust. And finally, what had started as an innocent dream of Jose, Ursula and 19 other families gradually break down and fall prey to lawless anarchy.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude also chronicles the political and economic developments of the 19th century Colombia, such as corruption and capitalism with a touch of fiction. In a deeply touching and thought provoking non-linear narrative, Marquez paints a hundred years of history on the canvas of time. He uses his prerogative of having witnessed the wave of the Colombian revolution to graphically depict its lasting influence. He arrests in prose, the magical realism surrounding life, death, peace and the truth of mankind.

Written originally in Spanish, One Hundred Years Of Solitude was published first in 1967. It has since been translated into 37 languages and sold more than 20 million copies worldover. A recipient of global acclaim and numerous awards, the book won Marquez his Nobel Prize in 1982. This English version is translated by Gregory Rabassa.

About Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a distinguished Colombian writer, novelist, screenwriter and journalist.

Autumn Of The Patriarch, Love In The Time Of Cholera, Leaf Storm and In Evil Hour are some of his other works.

Born in 1927 in Aracataca of Colombia, Marquez is fondly known as Gabo in Latin America. He began his career as a journalist after dropping out of law school. As a result of his controversial news series for El Espectador, he was sent away as the paper's foreign correspondent to Europe. He married Mercedes Barcha in 1958. Known to have started the Magical Realism theme in fiction, Marquez's works mainly revolve around the motifs of solitude and the Latin American experience. Recognized across the globe as one of the prominent writers of the 20th century, Marquez has created a legacy in the Latin American Literary Boom.

Specifications of One Hundred Years of Solitude (Paperback)

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Authored By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 1996
ISBN-13 9780140157512
ISBN-10 0140157514
Language English
Edition 01
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 422 Pages
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★★★★★
25 May 2012
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EXCELLENT BOOK BUT THE WORST EDITION

WARNING:
Don't buy the PENGUIN INDIA EDITION........ITS PATHETIC.

I just got the book today, and been through 50 or so pages, and the narrative technique is so cool and alluring that it seems the novel is just awesome.i'll surely write a full riview once i finish the novel,SO FOR THE START I GIVE FIVE STARS.......hope I won't regret!!!!!!!And also thanks to Flipkart for delivering the book within 48hours...amazing.
But the urgent need to write this short riview is to warn people not to go for the PENGUIN INDIA PUBLICATION EDITION OF 1996. But WHY????
THE COVER LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL, BUT ONCE...
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WARNING:
Don't buy the PENGUIN INDIA EDITION........ITS PATHETIC.

I just got the book today, and been through 50 or so pages, and the narrative technique is so cool and alluring that it seems the novel is just awesome.i'll surely write a full riview once i finish the novel,SO FOR THE START I GIVE FIVE STARS.......hope I won't regret!!!!!!!And also thanks to Flipkart for delivering the book within 48hours...amazing.
But the urgent need to write this short riview is to warn people not to go for the PENGUIN INDIA PUBLICATION EDITION OF 1996. But WHY????
THE COVER LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL, BUT ONCE...
WARNING:
Don't buy the PENGUIN INDIA EDITION........ITS PATHETIC.

I just got the book today, and been through 50 or so pages, and the narrative technique is so cool and alluring that it seems the novel is just awesome.i'll surely write a full riview once i finish the novel,SO FOR THE START I GIVE FIVE STARS.......hope I won't regret!!!!!!!And also thanks to Flipkart for delivering the book within 48hours...amazing.
But the urgent need to write this short riview is to warn people not to go for the PENGUIN INDIA PUBLICATION EDITION OF 1996. But WHY????
THE COVER LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL, BUT ONCE I GOT THE BOOK AND OPENED IT.............MAN I WAS SHATTERED !!!!Did they priced this crap for 399Rs!!!!!(I bought it for249) The pages are just as bad as you can get, pages are like the pages you would find in some cheap books sold in local trains, or in footpaths.the print quality is also too bad, like some cheap newspaper printing. I just can't imagine what does Penguin think Indian customers are???? This book is meant to be sold only in the Indian subcontinent...... Are we so cheap as readers that we deserve this kind of editions even at 399 Rs??Why do they treat the Indian subcontinent customer so differently?? Can they answer...And I've bought 10 to 12 books from Penguin india , and they always seem to produce under quality products for the subcontinent........but this time its really beyond acceptance.....So go for other editions but not this one....

92% of 26 users found this review helpful.
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29 May 2013
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A Great Masterpiece Printed in Worst Materials

I ordered this book along with Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Both books by Penguin India. But the quality of books in two extremes. This book printed on some scrap papers. Very very bad quality.
Am suspecting someone is printed this book on behalf of Penguin India. Their Logos misplaced. No hologram, No trade mark stickers.
Still wonder why Flipkart is very careless since lots of people already complained many times here.
Very sad to see such a great Masterpiece is printed worst papers.

I rate books quality 1 out of 5. I didn't find any lesser rating.
No issues with 'Chronicle of a Deat...
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I ordered this book along with Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Both books by Penguin India. But the quality of books in two extremes. This book printed on some scrap papers. Very very bad quality.
Am suspecting someone is printed this book on behalf of Penguin India. Their Logos misplaced. No hologram, No trade mark stickers.
Still wonder why Flipkart is very careless since lots of people already complained many times here.
Very sad to see such a great Masterpiece is printed worst papers.

I rate books quality 1 out of 5. I didn't find any lesser rating.
No issues with 'Chronicle of a Deat...
I ordered this book along with Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Both books by Penguin India. But the quality of books in two extremes. This book printed on some scrap papers. Very very bad quality.
Am suspecting someone is printed this book on behalf of Penguin India. Their Logos misplaced. No hologram, No trade mark stickers.
Still wonder why Flipkart is very careless since lots of people already complained many times here.
Very sad to see such a great Masterpiece is printed worst papers.

I rate books quality 1 out of 5. I didn't find any lesser rating.
No issues with 'Chronicle of a Death Foretold' ,

9 of 9 users found this review helpful.
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17 Feb 2012
Wonder-esque!

If one wonders why Marquez was awarded a Nobel, then this is the answer to such groundless doubts!

'Magic Realism' isn't everybody's cup of tea. He is an expert, the doyen in this genre. Mortals like me can't write a review for such masterpieces.
Let my words cease. Grab a copy and devour it NOW!

As a matter of fact, I read its pdf! That was quite an excruciating task for someone who can't stand e-books. But, it was Garcia's spell that kept me enchanted for two whole days!
I can comfortably say that those were the 48 hours of sheer bliss...
P.S. Pelt stones at me if the climax does not...
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If one wonders why Marquez was awarded a Nobel, then this is the answer to such groundless doubts!

'Magic Realism' isn't everybody's cup of tea. He is an expert, the doyen in this genre. Mortals like me can't write a review for such masterpieces.
Let my words cease. Grab a copy and devour it NOW!

As a matter of fact, I read its pdf! That was quite an excruciating task for someone who can't stand e-books. But, it was Garcia's spell that kept me enchanted for two whole days!
I can comfortably say that those were the 48 hours of sheer bliss...
P.S. Pelt stones at me if the climax does not...
If one wonders why Marquez was awarded a Nobel, then this is the answer to such groundless doubts!

'Magic Realism' isn't everybody's cup of tea. He is an expert, the doyen in this genre. Mortals like me can't write a review for such masterpieces.
Let my words cease. Grab a copy and devour it NOW!

As a matter of fact, I read its pdf! That was quite an excruciating task for someone who can't stand e-books. But, it was Garcia's spell that kept me enchanted for two whole days!
I can comfortably say that those were the 48 hours of sheer bliss...
P.S. Pelt stones at me if the climax does not enthrall you to a maddening degree..

6 on 5...thats underrating!

7 of 8 users found this review helpful.
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24 Apr 2014
Can't wait to read this awesome book provided I actually receive it

The unimaginable seems to be happening to me. I placed an order for the Harper Collins publication of this book 10 days back on a standard delivery and paid by credit card.

Now, in all my previous purchases from Flipkart, an order has never taken more than 2-3 days of delivery time (except in the case of this one camera purchase which took approx a week) and never ever gotten anywhere close to the standard SLA of 10-15 days that they carry. It has always been a case of under promised and over delivered with Flipkart.

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The unimaginable seems to be happening to me. I placed an order for the Harper Collins publication of this book 10 days back on a standard delivery and paid by credit card.

Now, in all my previous purchases from Flipkart, an order has never taken more than 2-3 days of delivery time (except in the case of this one camera purchase which took approx a week) and never ever gotten anywhere close to the standard SLA of 10-15 days that they carry. It has always been a case of under promised and over delivered with Flipkart.

But this particular purchase order status has shown 'Payment Approved'...
The unimaginable seems to be happening to me. I placed an order for the Harper Collins publication of this book 10 days back on a standard delivery and paid by credit card.

Now, in all my previous purchases from Flipkart, an order has never taken more than 2-3 days of delivery time (except in the case of this one camera purchase which took approx a week) and never ever gotten anywhere close to the standard SLA of 10-15 days that they carry. It has always been a case of under promised and over delivered with Flipkart.

But this particular purchase order status has shown 'Payment Approved' status from day 1 and not budged since. Although the standard delivery shows some more days to the standard delivery time, I've been left wondering if Flipkart is actually working to change it's positive image? Waiting to find out...

Update: The book started displaying as out of stock a couple of days later and I eventually cancelled the order.

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30 Jun 2014
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Garcia's vision of Latin America is Awesome

I am glad I picked up and read this book. The world that Garcia creates has you spellbound till the last sentence of the book. Even though there is no suspense in the book, you would await how the next set of Buendia's would torment and self destruct themselves, for death also awaits and enjoys their egoistic and some time masochistic lives.

I really liked the female characters, which are even proclaimed as doomed by one of the male Buendias.

The narrative is imaginative, thought provoking and succeeds in painting the Macondo town in your imagination. I would definitely want to read more...
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I am glad I picked up and read this book. The world that Garcia creates has you spellbound till the last sentence of the book. Even though there is no suspense in the book, you would await how the next set of Buendia's would torment and self destruct themselves, for death also awaits and enjoys their egoistic and some time masochistic lives.

I really liked the female characters, which are even proclaimed as doomed by one of the male Buendias.

The narrative is imaginative, thought provoking and succeeds in painting the Macondo town in your imagination. I would definitely want to read more...
I am glad I picked up and read this book. The world that Garcia creates has you spellbound till the last sentence of the book. Even though there is no suspense in the book, you would await how the next set of Buendia's would torment and self destruct themselves, for death also awaits and enjoys their egoistic and some time masochistic lives.

I really liked the female characters, which are even proclaimed as doomed by one of the male Buendias.

The narrative is imaginative, thought provoking and succeeds in painting the Macondo town in your imagination. I would definitely want to read more and more of Garcia.

Not for people who would not let go their imagination to be manipulated by Garcia through his prose, vivid canvas he paints and the tribulations of life, dispersed through out the book.

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Justice to literature

Marquez has got story telling talent. The books is good but you will eventually get bored out of the monotonous and expected creations, but some characters are worth pondering upon. (View complete review)

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MUST READ in PENGUIN

One Hundred Years of Solitude by GGM is highly recommended for people who like to READ.
The Product received , Penguin Edition is good not bad,
paper quality is good but alignment in some pages like leaned building with very lil extnt.
printing quality is good but some letters, make it was like o...
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Garcia's vision of Latin America is Awesome

I am glad I picked up and read this book. The world that Garcia creates has you spellbound till the last sentence of the book. Even though there is no suspense in the book, you would await how the next set of Buendia's would torment and self destruct themselves, for death also awaits and enjoys t... (View complete review)

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too long

The impression I had was that this story could have been told in less words than used. It went on and on and on and I couldn't see why. The closing of the story made me question as to whether there was any point of the story... or may be it was entirely futile. (View complete review)

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